Qatar National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) welcomed the selection of State of Qatar to the UN General Assembly for a second term as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Jaber al-Huwail, director of the Legal Affairs at the NHRC, said in a statement that this choice, which came through secret ballot, affirms the commitment of Qatar to protect and promote human rights at the local, regional and international levels. He explained that this enhances Qatar's approach to the development of national legislation to promote human rights issues and affirms its commitment to the protection of human rights at the local level and recognises its significant role and prestige at the regional and international levels.

Al-Huwail noted that this selection places Qatar at the forefront of countries in the region in terms of adherence to international treaties, and human rights conventions and principles, congratulating all those involved in this achievement. He stressed that the renewal of international community's confidence in Qatar reflected its success in its first mandate and put it in front of significant responsibilities to maintain their positions in support of humanitarian issues.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly voted to select 15 members of the 47th Human Rights Council and to replace those whose terms expire on December 31, 2017. In this context, the Assembly re-elected Qatar for a second term in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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